Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Waiting

Here is some hope and joy to cling to if you are in a season of waiting. Whether it is waiting for a new job, waiting to get through the first year of grief, or waiting for the end of endless political robo-calls, I hope you find these words from Lamentations encouraging.

Remember, everything in this life comes to an end as only God’s word abides for ever.

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26; English Standard Version (ESV)
God always, always shows up.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Spiritual Prepping

{Day 6} Spiritual Prepping: Heal

Well….the prompt for Day 6 of the 31 Day Five Minute Free Write Challenge is: Heal. Whole. How I got heal from whole I do not know. But then again, I guess you can’t be whole unless you heal.

I had another verse in mind that applies to our country’s need for healing. But upon finding out someone is in the middle of planning her husband’s funeral, I decided to focus on healing of the deceased and a widows healing.

The King James Bible is being used today because of the beautifully written verses on healing I found while doing my research.

Today’s verse speaks healing to me because when your spouse passes away, his light breaks forth in heaven and his health springs forth speedily. What he did not have here on earth, God speedily gives him in heaven.

The righteousness of your spouse – His faith in Jesus Christ – goes before him when he moves to heaven. Upon arriving in heaven he gets to see the glory of God. What a reward!

As for widows, one morning light will break forth through your grief, healing it. Grief is darkness and darkness will never overcome the light of your faith in Jesus Christ. That light will precede you while living your part in God’s story and you will see God’s glory here on earth.

What a reward, what a joy-filled reward!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

grief, Joyful Life

Widows – Declare Your Independence!

Does it feel like you’ve been in a war with the grief monster ever since your spouse passed away and left you alone?

Well of course it does.

However, you live in the United States of America.

You live in the best country for widows to move forward with life. You have freedom and opportunities women in other countries are are not afforded. Opportunities for a better life are all around you and if you do not see opportunities – then create them.

But first you have to declare your independence from the grief monster.

You are going to have to fight a war in order to declare your independence from the grief monster’s tyrannical grip. You will win some battles and you will lose some battles. But this war must be fought and with God fighting for you, you will be victorious!

So widows, declare your independence from the grief monster and shoot off your own fireworks as you move pursue your American Dream.

We are a light and what better way to shine your light than with fireworks.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden

Matthew 5:14

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.